Ok, let’s try this again! I had this entire post written out with the exception of my review (that I was copying and pasting from Goodreads), and then the review didn’t show up and I lost my entire post. Ugh! The beauty of technology, or lesson learned to stop typing my posts from my phone! LOL Now that I’m on my laptop, I have faith this will be successful.
This review has been a long time coming, as I read Wilder Girls by Rory Power back in August. Better late than never I suppose! This was a 4 star book for me, which I’ve had a lot of this year. However, I have not read anything like Wilder Girls and it definitely deserves the 4 star review I gave it.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Published July 9, 2019 by Delacorte Press
Description (from Goodreads) –
“It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.”
My Review –
The Raxter school for girls, set on an island off the New England coast. On lockdown due to a mysterious plague that set in so suddenly after Hetty arrives, and affects the girls and adults in unique ways. The sense of isolation at Raxter, with no communication to the outside world other than supply drops, really sets the mood. You truly feel the isolation and frustration of the girls, not knowing or understanding what is going on or if they’ll ever see their families again. Loved the strong friendships that change and develop over the length of the book, especially the unique situation between Hetty, Reese and Byatt, the three main characters.
For a debut novel, this was an extremely creative take on a plague outbreak survival story. There were some parts where I had thought I’d figured it all out and then I’d be blind sided. Kept me guessing the whole time, and also kept me thoroughly entertained and exquisitely grossed out! This is the perfect book for all those who like a little sci-fi and horror but nothing too scary!! Also, can I just say how amazing and eye catching the cover is?? Am I right?? I would definitely recommend Wilder Girls to anyone looking for a creepy story, especially for this month with it being Halloween season. I can’t wait to read more books by this author and will definitely keep Rory Power on my author radar.
I’m trying to post more reviews, as I’ve been slacking on that part and I do apologize to everyone that follows for that reason. I have an obnoxiously large TBR for October, which I’ll be posting about tomorrow, and I need to get my rear in gear and read some of these books. It’s not October without spooky reads, and I have quite a few anticipated ones to get to. I bid you farewell, and until we meet again.
Happy Reading!! 🙂